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Photo of the Week: No Exit

Trapped in a metal box, thoughts circle my mind -
bouncing and echoing against the inside of my skull.
There was nothing we could do.
She couldn't be saved.
It's not my fault.
But I can't help feeling responsible.

The loop starts again.

There was nothing we could do.
She couldn't be saved.
It's not my fault.
But I can't help feeling responsible.

There is no escape.
There is not exit.

Over the past few weeks I've made an effort to carry my camera with me and shoot photos to accompany my Subway Writings . The silent shooting mode on the A7S paired with a telephoto macro lens allows me to capture moments in a stealthy manner without disrupting the moment. The sharpness of the Canon 100mm Macro L lens also helps me compensate for the clarity loss that can be caused by shooting through dirty or foggy glass.

Why Do I love This Photo?

The expression of deep thought on the mans' face coupled with the No Exit signs add an extra inner turmoil to the moment. While shooting street photography, conceptualizing the shot can take a backseat to pure documentation; however, I took my time with this moment. The frame immediately struck me and I knew where all the heavy visuals needed to exist in frame to capture the feeling of a heavy burden. I loved this photo before the shutter was ever activated.

Self Portrait Project: Neon Lights

Keeping myself in a creative mindset can be a difficult task with the bevy of distractions life can throw my way. As an attempt to keep creative thoughts percolating in the back of my mind, I have taken on the tall task of dedicating a few hours of my time to all my preferred mediums every week. This post is dedicated to my first self portrait session. I set out to experiment with some colored gels. Below are a few of my favorite photos from the thirty minute shoot.

The majority of the photos were created using two lite-panel LED Fresnels. One light was placed just behind my right shoulder with a green gel, acting as both a backlight and fill. A second LED fresnel affixed with a magenta gel,  was positioned about forty-five degrees to my left and bounced off a small reflector to achieve a soft light.. The magenta light source acted as my key light in most of the photographs. Several of the photos with motion blur (achieved with a slow shutter speed) were created using a speedlight as my key, bounced of a wall and triggered on second curtain.

There is a large room for improvement, but the results are encouraging. In the end, these exercises are meant to add more tools to my creative arsenal. We are off to a good start.